CRIME WATCH: West Seattle Runner burglarized, for loot that’ll be mostly easy to spot

(WSB photos)

Tim and Lori McConnell at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor) report, a bit wryly, that their store was broken into overnight:

Well, 5 1/2 years after our first burglary, seems we were due for another, and last night we got it.

Luckily this time the burglar(s) must have panicked due to our incredibly loud alarm, as they chose to steal a bunch of hoodies with our logo on the front, as well as a bunch of men’s short sleeve and long sleeve shirts, which also had our logo on the front.

Now I appreciate people shopping local and all, and if stealing our logo’ed merchandise was a way to help us advertise to offset our losses, well, I guess I appreciate that too. But they also took a bunch of men’s running shorts. And yes, men never have as many shorts as they should have, and they hang on to them way too long, but when they get new ones, the almost always pay for them, so this was disappointing.

Also disappointing, our GPS watch display was picked over. And by disappointing, I mean for the burglars. I now have to order a new Garmin dummy display watch to replace the one they took, and the Polar watch still in our display case is really lonely since they stole the box that it came in.

They also took 2 pairs of 8.5 Saucony women’s shoes, one regular width, one wide, I guess they weren’t sure of their size.

So be on the lookout for someone wearing a bunch of men’s apparel with our logo on it and a pair of women’s shoes, struggling to get their watch to work, they may know where our stuff went.

The door lock (top photo) is being replaced today.

16 Replies to "CRIME WATCH: West Seattle Runner burglarized, for loot that'll be mostly easy to spot"

  • Yma April 30, 2019 (12:10 pm)

    Oh man – I appreciate the humor from Tim & Lori – but this just sucks.

  • Steve April 30, 2019 (12:14 pm)

    No camera? Pics of the burglar(s)?

  • AlkiResident April 30, 2019 (12:47 pm)

    Oh man.  I appreciate the store’s sense of humor about it.  I guess I’ll be swinging by there soon to support them.  That stinks guys.  Glad you haven’t lost your sense of humor though.  

    • Tim April 30, 2019 (1:24 pm)

      It was either humor or a profanity laden tirade, I chose the more business friendly approach :)
      Co-owner West Seattle Runner

  • Jim P> April 30, 2019 (1:03 pm)

    The Weed of Crime Bears Bitter Fruit – and a watch that won’t work.I’d be alert for someone downtown trying to flog it to tourists or passersby or a really PO’ed pawnshop owner who wasn’t being too sharp.

  • Onion April 30, 2019 (2:03 pm)

    I’ve been meaning to go there (first timer) , but anyone who can hang onto their humor in this situation totally deserves our (legal) business.

    • Kathy April 30, 2019 (5:36 pm)

      They are great! I have problem feet and Tim gave me tons of time and help to get the right fit. Buy stuff there!

  • SaraB April 30, 2019 (2:14 pm)

    West Seattle Runner, you are the best!  I’m sorry you had this rotten experience, no matter how inept the rotters were.  

  • Neighbor April 30, 2019 (2:54 pm)

    I live in the apartment complex next door and noticed this morning that the junk mail recycling bin was missing. Wonder if the same burglars swiped that? 

  • MJ April 30, 2019 (5:39 pm)

    This ongoing theft problem needs to be stopped.  Habitual thieves need to be locked up.  I hope they catch, arrest and make the thief pay restitution.  Operating a small business takes a lot of work and it’s not fair that the owner of the business is the one who ends up paying the price!

    • DB May 1, 2019 (10:49 pm)

      MJ – keep us updated on stopping the whole theft thing. Said everyone since 2000 BC.  ;) sorry West Seattle runners….truly a bummer. 

  • loyal customer April 30, 2019 (9:26 pm)

    Lori and Tim thank you for the humor.  So sorry to hear of the break-in. 

  • Calires April 30, 2019 (11:50 pm)

    This is classic Tim.  I’m a failed runner and he is still happy to spend time fitting my wonky feet, as others have noted above.  It’s always a fun experience because of his sense of humor.  On their way to jail, these criminals should be made to do one of the long runs with the Couch to Half training group.

  • Emily Austin May 1, 2019 (7:12 am)

    I love your humor in the midst of painful situation.  I had on my to do list  for today to buy new running shoes, so I will be doing my part to help fill the coffers. See you this afternoon! 

  • MrB May 1, 2019 (10:30 am)

    Viral marketing at it’s best.  Well played. 

  • SE May 1, 2019 (5:42 pm)

    Oh I love the way you told this story!. If you don’t laugh, what are you going to do! I love the bit about the watches and the shoes.  Still laughing. No one ever said that thieves had brains. They get what they deserve, a big fat nothing! For your sake hope they get caught.

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